UASUSA News

Times-Call Local News | April 2015

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UASUSA will manufacture drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems like the TEMPEST (shown) from a subleased hangar in the Vance Brand Municipal Airport. Skip Miller, founder and CEO of drone manufacturing company UASUSA thanked the Longmont city council for allowing them to "land" in Longmont before the council voted unanimously to lease part of the airport hangar to the company Tuesday night. UASUSA won't be flying drones at the airport anytime, Miller said. Instead, the company will only manufacture them and sell them there for the time being. Councilmembers in March approved the city working with another drone (or Unmanned Aircraft Systems, as Miller prefers) company, Iron Ridge Engineering, on a sublease of a Vance Brand Municipal Airport hangar.

Iron Ridge, however, "has been unable to secure the necessary financing in the past six months" to move to the hangar, according to the memo sent to the council. While the hangar was company-less, UASUSA was homeless after plans to move above a car dealership in Boulder fell through. Essentially, Miller said, they had an agreement to sublease a space with a building tenant but were then informed by the building owner that subleases were not allowed. "Basically it was the 11th hour, and I had my whole company in moving vans...I was in emergency mode, and that's not the time to go shopping for space" said Miller, who called himself a "serial entrepreneur." Miller previously founded storage and home organization company Wood Logic and was the president of the Boulder Brewery (now Boulder Beer Company). Advertisement Miller and UASUSA ended up in Vance Brand Municipal Airport because Miller and Airport Manager Tim Barth had previously been in talks about the space. UASUSA currently manufactures their drones in California but now is in the process of moving into their new Longmont home. UASUSA has contracted with the University of Colorado for one of the company's models, called the TEMPEST, for use in studying tornadoes and thunderstorms. They also contracted with the Naval Research Center Lap to build unmanned aerial vehicles that can survey moisture levels in agricultural crops. Additionally, UASUSA contracts with the Columbian Air Force. Although Miller said he could not talk about all of the company's contracts, he noted the vehicles were not originally designed like the weaponized drones used in the Middle East. The airport hangar where UASUSA will be located is authorized for housing commercial operations, but the council had to amend the lease to allow the company to manufacture in the hangar. Karen Antonacci: 303-684-5226, antonaccik@times-call.com or twitter.com/ktonacciUASUSA will manufacture drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems like the TEMPEST (shown) from a subleased hangar in the Vance Brand Municipal Airport. Skip Miller, founder and CEO of drone manufacturing company UASUSA thanked the Longmont city council for allowing them to "land" in Longmont before the council voted unanimously to lease part of the airport hangar to the company Tuesday night. UASUSA won't be flying drones at the airport anytime, Miller said. Instead, the company will only manufacture them and sell them there for the time being. Councilmembers in March approved the city working with another drone (or Unmanned Aircraft Systems, as Miller prefers) company, Iron Ridge Engineering, on a sublease of a Vance Brand Municipal Airport hangar. Iron Ridge, however, "has been unable to secure the necessary financing in the past six months" to move to the hangar, according to the memo sent to the council. While the hangar was company-less, UASUSA was homeless after plans to move above a car dealership in Boulder fell through. Essentially, Miller said, they had an agreement to sublease a space with a building tenant but were then informed by the building owner that subleases were not allowed. "Basically it was the 11th hour, and I had my whole company in moving vans...I was in emergency mode, and that's not the time to go shopping for space" said Miller, who called himself a "serial entrepreneur." Miller previously founded storage and home organization company Wood Logic and was the president of the Boulder Brewery (now Boulder Beer Company). Advertisement Miller and UASUSA ended up in Vance Brand Municipal Airport because Miller and Airport Manager Tim Barth had previously been in talks about the space. UASUSA currently manufactures their drones in California but now is in the process of moving into their new Longmont home. UASUSA has contracted with the University of Colorado for one of the company's models, called the TEMPEST, for use in studying tornadoes and thunderstorms. They also contracted with the Naval Research Center Lap to build unmanned aerial vehicles that can survey moisture levels in agricultural crops. Additionally, UASUSA contracts with the Columbian Air Force. Although Miller said he could not talk about all of the company's contracts, he noted the vehicles were not originally designed like the weaponized drones used in the Middle East. The airport hangar where UASUSA will be located is authorized for housing commercial operations, but the council had to amend the lease to allow the company to manufacture in the hangar. Karen Antonacci: 303-684-5226, antonaccik@times-call.com or twitter.com/ktonacci